What we're about

The main group calendar can be found at https://www.meetup.com/CultralArts.com

The mission of this group is its name. 
This group is the 'little sister' group to "I Wanted to do that."  It will have only the key signature events of that group without an of the outside event organizers. 
This group is for anyone who loves travel. Whether you just want to go somewhere down the street or the other side of the world, come join us as we explore options of travel. Do you want an adventure? Visit museums? Go on sightseeing tours? Go shopping? Try a new restaurant or revisit your favorite ones? Watch a concert or sporting event?.
We welcome everyone and all things travel. Be prepared to tell us where you've been; where you would like to go next; who you would like to go with; and what you would like to do.
The mission of this group is its name. 
. . . . . Have you ever wanted to do a road trip but did not have people to join you? 
. . . . . . Have you ever wanted to do a complicated overseas trip and wanted a travel buddy (or buddies) to help you plan and go with you? 
. . . . . . Have you ever wanted to go camping but all the camping and hiking groups are all too hardcore and you want simple car camping?

It will be a friendly group of like minded geeks and nerdy travelers who share a passion for visiting local or long distance destinations, or for those thinking about travel or world travel for the first time.

WHAT WILL AND WILL NOT HAPPEN

The aim will be to meet monthly for drinks in the city. The objective is to make new friends, share travel stories, tips and thoughts about exciting places that we've visited, or plan to visit in the near future and to remind ourselves why people who travel the world are such good fun to be around.

There will not be presentations, slide shows and we will not allow commercial ventures to be pushed on you. Travel companies looking to promote their commercial services won't be here. This is aimed at populist travel. As leads . . . . we will make sure to steer when needed.

Meet Ups are based upon your personal interaction with other members within the group. There is no formal meeting agenda for these events. However you prefer to travel, we hope to see you at an event soon.

Seriously . . . let's post a road trip!!!

NOTE TO COMMERCIAL TRAVEL ORGANIZATIONS:

This is a non-commercial, social travel group. Promotion of goods, services or the solicitation of Members at Meet Ups, through the Meet Up messaging portal, Message Boards or via this website in any other way, by commercial organizations, non-commercial organizations, or by individuals is contrary to the spirit of the group and will result in expulsion from the group at the sole discretion of the group leadership.  Message Board solicitations may be deleted by the Organizer without notice. 
This group aims to be positive and safe environment for members to experience things that, for whatever reasons, you longed for but weren't able to do before. Everyone is welcome. 
Los Angeles is vibrant and diverse city. We have the opportunity to explore it and make new friends while doing so. Meetup is one of the few (maybe only) websites dedicated to having it's participants get offline and do things in reality. 
There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met. (William Butler Yeats ) 
EVERYONE IS WELCOME INTO THE GROUP! 
This is a place where everyone can just come as they are, and mingle with people who are like them AND who are NOT like them. We are not limited, restricted or exclusive by age, gender, gender preference, national origin, relationship status, etc. To put it more simply this group is open to all. All ages, all genders, all sexual orientations, all types - And that includes you!!! 
There are plenty of meetups that exclude based of one reason or another. Or there plenty meetups where people self segregate. This meetup is neither of those. Diversity is coveted here. People are not monochrome and neither are we. You will fit in perfectly and find a lot of folks who just like you in certain aspect, and differ from you in others. It's the good kind of variety of life. 
Some events on this group may specify limits at times. Those will be clearly noted when needed. At times they may be age delineated, or even gender related. Limits are placed often as a means to control size. The event can then be repeated/recycled with a different limit range. If there is an event you really wish to go to with a limit, . . . please contact me. You can be the impetus and the catalyst for the next event in the different limit/range. Other times the limit can be waived or bent as needed. 
Challenge yourself and importantly, BE yourself and expand your horizons and comfort zone. Let your hair down! Go wild! Be open minded and be non-judgmental. The group is based off quality events to bring people together from positive social interaction. Anyone who wants to explore an alternative, bohemian, experimental, strange, obscure, weird, wild, absurd, bizarre, avant garde, unconventional, wild-at-heart side of Los Angeles is welcome! 
In the interest of making events successful . . . I will spread events across other meetup groups to bump up attendance. For as you know, . . . sometimes people don't show up. Some Organizers get really bent out of shape about that. I do however know that life happens. Even if it's 10 mins before the event. Just change your rsvp. No worries. No harm-no foul. There is not any sort strikes or penalty system, and there is nobody keeping score. The exception will be if it is listed as a "no flake" event. On those you gotta give good notice of changes. It's about fun and community. What I have found is that by being mellow and and having good events more show up. We tend to have 80% or more attendance. I approach with compassion. So if you don't make one event or another. . . try and make it to the next, or the one after that. When you do make it, .. . . we will be glad you are there and all are welcome. 
Here are the basics of group rules. 
Do NOT contact members who you have not met in real life. 
Avoid Put Downs.
Speak For Yourself.
Listen To Others.
You Have The Option To Pass.
Expect Unfinished Business. 
While there are flexible attendance rules. There are sex/gender related rules. As a guideline do not message people you have not met in person. This is not an online dating place. Ladies: If a guy messages you please contact me. There have been problems with that happening over meetup in general. It's just not cool. Meetup is about real life and not virtual. Guys, . . . get off your computer and come to an event. Say hello in person. Smile, . . . be personable and decent. And just be there to get to know people and make friends of whatever gender. You can always use new good friends. And this is one way to make/meet them. Wingman tactics and and Pickup artist tactics are similarly not allowed in this group. Organizers of another group that are not an organizer or host here are also not allowed to solicit members. 
The rest of the rule are just good ways to live and be. 
Photo and Name: You are allowed to join with whatever name and whatever photo. HOWEVER the main organizers may request you change either name or photo a their discretion. Names that are products, promotional, advertisements are red flags that will be requested to change or be removed.         If you are using a photo that is not your face, a current face photo may be requested. Here is the rule of thumb. Fake name and fake photo will be requested to change to a real photo and a real name or face removal. Real photo and fake name is usually fine. Fake photo and real name is usually fine. 
IF you need to maintain privacy of both then contact the main organizers and just ask. That's all it takes usually.

All organizers on the group do have different set of rules. 
The rules simplified. 
• No Emailing (do not use the bulk email feature in any way)
• No outside links 
• Great Copy 
• Great Pix
• 4 weeks notice is best. 
• List any money costs in the first 2 or 3 lines. 
Not too many rules. Not too complicated. They all have to do with respect for the membership. 
Let's talk a little more about age: Are you in your 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s ? (btw some write 20's 30's 40's 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's ). I am often asked "What age range is this group?" 20 40 maybe? 30 50 perhaps? Or even 60 70. Forties ( forty's forty ), Fifties ( fifty's fifty ) of sixties ( sixty's sixty ) or older does matter. 24-39 3000 20+ 30+ 50+ 60+ & under or over. We are just aiming at good community. 
Yeah, . . . All that is great, . . . But I still have one question, . . . What age is your group? 
Age is a state of mind. And our state (this group) has no borders. 
If so then you may be looking for us! 
We do NOT discriminate by age, sex or gender, gender preference, origin, religion, belly button lint, etc . . . .
Do you enjoy friendship, activities, key networking, casual socializing, parties learning, sharing, inspiration? You do!?!?! How about personal and professional development with active nerd adult ( adults ) who like adventure ( adventurers, adventures, adventurous ) stuff that may involve silly dance game ( games ) and cool nerds with addicting, amazing fun? Great!!!! There will be sweet things to discover while engaging in retro revival underground unique geeky exploration of fringe play plus speed punk quirky sophisticated spectacular geek socials with high society making savvy friends. It will be an offbeat odyssey of an outing to nerdy paradise and we will party at random places (see locations below). Come and share fine no flake ( flakes ) fun that is free or inexpensive and goes late into the lovely night. Left, right or center, we will live life together and enjoy. 
We do some sports related events. Are you interested in teammates players for your sport or hobby? Such as bowling, trivia, camping, biking, hike, hikes, hiking, snowboarder, snowboarding, ski, skiing, kayaking? Or even related to bmi, exercise, fitness, healthy, lock pong, recreation, recreational, outdoor, york Halloween, mammoth mountain, St Patrick's, Ensenada, un scrabble solitaire poker or more!!! We run the range.  
A bigger majority of what we are cultural ( culture ), language, travel, music, arts, festival, performance, crave, dining, exotic, restaurant, food, foodie, architecture, art, artistic, urban, or ballet. But it does not stop there. We also do comedy, concert ( concerts ), cook, cooking, theater, theatre, culinary, cultural, tours, sub-culture, subculture sponge ( sponges ), performances, dances, dancing, museums, musical ( musicals ), bars, foodies, dinner, dinning, bbq, beach, restaurants, trips, cruise ( cruises ), cuisine.  And even with all that we still to even more!!! Including, flea n farmer (farmers) market ( markets ), boutique, burlesque, crafting, craft, create, creating, sushi, pho, pizza, tastings, tickets, kim chi, tai kimchi, deserts, eating, festivals, film, films, galleries, games, karaoke, movies, sutra kama karma.And now the important question. Did we miss one? Oh. . . OK then, . . Send that so we can add it to the list.  
Aside from the High Brow we do engage in the Low Brow such as wine, beer, drink, bar hopping, dive bars ( dives ), rave ( raver ravers raves raving ), hip-hop hiphop, hole holes-in-walls, crawl crawls, trance techno, dubstep, night nightclub, nightlife, nights. As well as classic club clubbing, clubs eclectic, edm electro electronica, pubs, pub speak, speakeasy, drinks, meet meeting mix mixer mixers mixing, greet, happy hour hours haunts, Did somebody say volunteer mingle? Let's DoLA or make a Timeout and TimeoutLA. LAist anyone? 
So the High Brow and the Low Brow get together and make up THE KNOW BROW and that is all about people and who makes us up.  
By ethnicity we very much match the instagram ethnic makeup of Los Angeles with Caucasian and Non Hispanic Whites, Latino, Black or African American, Native American,Asian, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander and others such as Middle Eastern such as Arab or Israeli, and many more from across the global atlas.
Different than ethnicity is Nationality, or National Origin. And again . . . from that we run the range European, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islander, Indian, Taiwanese (Taiwan), Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese ( China, Cantonese, Mandarin ), Hong Kong Mexican ( Mexico ), and more and more. Even USC or UCLA 
And that makes for sooooooooo many languages. We like language and the culture it is able to unlock It brings English, Spanish second ESL and ELL and ASL are big here. Hebrew, Yiddish, German, French, And the gamut of others to translate ( translation translator ) with class (classes). 
Tolerance is a main tenet here as we are Christian ( Catholic, Mormon, etc), Jewish (Jew Jews), Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, tech Scientology and more. And even Republican, Conservative, Liberal, Democrat, Libertarian, Bernie / BernieCrat, or even Trump or Trumpian or Scientologist. This is a big tent and since it's decent social we will all be decent. 
What it comes down to is we are making new friends ( friend freind freinds ) and to be friendly. Almost like finding your entourage Made up of Men (man men's mens) and women ( woman women's ) and non-binary too. Members may be young or old, married, single ( divorce divorced separated and never married ) or coupled (couple as part of a committed relationship / relationships ). Many are likely singles and looking to date in one way or another. Going on dates or dating is fine. But it does NOT happen via using the group like Tinder, Match.com, POF or eharmony. 
This group is about real life. So online messaging of people you have not met in real life is not allowed. Why such a rule? 
Because it is heterosexist of you to assume that all people are interested in you. Like is says above there are married or those in committed relationships. There is is also the range of sexual preference in the group. Gay, lesbian girls lgbt lgbtq queer bi poly swing swinger swinging and any sort of variation such as transsexual and transgender. We do accept all. Even rs40 and rso40. We do NOT accept SpeedDating or Speedating or whatever you call it. It's forbidden. 
Whoever you find cute, hot, sexy or find attraction to that comes in person. Plenty a match and romance or spark may happen. You may find your love (or lover). But you also may just make great friends girlfriend ( girlfriends ). It's just down to good decent social. Conscious communication and engagement that makes for self-improvement and improvement of others. Conversation and network or networking of professionals. That's just smart l33t leet api entrepreneur groupting that will lead to inspirational international consciousness. 
We just added Game of Thrones GOT and The Walking Dead viewing parties. 
Where do you do events? We do them ALL OVER!!!! I have taken the time to look at past events and the cities they have happened in and near and put it together with the upcoming location too. Our groups IS different, . . . we DO range all over the city. Here are where we HAVE BEEN, and where we are GOING!! All of it is obscure or obscura.
So I have gone in great detail to cover who we are and what we do. This is accurate and verifiable by going to our past events and looking that what we have done. This is all fact based on the breadth, scope and mission of this group. 
If you have made it this far. Then watch this and then, . . .get off social media and on meetup. The social part of social media. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEWnXmDfVZg
This group is also very Reddit and Redditor affiliated. As such redditors events will be doing activities that do involve meme memes dank redidit subeddit snu snoo lurker boardgames board gaming gamer video cardgames card cards against humanity computers anime internet upvote downvote vote secret santa harry potter wow world warcraft karma programming digg cheap low cost nsfw league legends wtf youtube hearthstone twitch csgo narwhals bacon bacons midnight overwatch lol bernie sanders front page reddiyt r/all homepage android apple iphone mac samsung s6 s7 s8 r mobile funny dota dota2 nba politics discussion pokemon aww askreddit app apps comicon comic con convention disneyland disney diy diablo rams dodgers raiders cosplay star trek wars trekkie scifi sci-fi science fiction gif troll thrones got comment comments ama til today i learned ask me anything steam pc independent yorker independents artemis jackbox jack box com firefly serenity citizen& something comedy urban nightlife foodies friendship sierra wine food drinks dining american ny karaoke  
And the other members will have events involving cuisine recreation organizations snowboarding recreational fitness pubs eating culinary consciousness psychology philosophy growth conversation snowboarder theatre theater performances movies films creating galleries museums speak easy speakeasy opening nights music film festivals dancing street performance literature hikes greet tastings tours crawls outdoor activities beer * " ! +

Upcoming events (4+)

-Epic Machu Picchu. via Salkantay Trek, Inca Trail OR Train!! Join the adventure

This group has a Meetup Event going to Machu Picchu. What is unique about our event is attendees get to choose the Classic Short Inca Trail, The Salcantay Trail or via The Train.

This is so we can be more inclusive with different abilities and desires, as well as different mobilities.

AND every spot is filled. Most travel (even as part of a group) takes planning in advance.

AND . . . we are planning to go AGAIN in Aug 2023.

After all . . . A bucket list trip like this will take planning to make happen.

IF you are interested in our Machu Picchu 2023 meetup event CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE 2023 EVENT

You will have the option of

  • Salkantay Trek
  • 2-Day Inca Trail
  • The Train

To see photos from the last time we went CLICK HERE.

The Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests. It is less travelled than the Inca Trail, with breathtaking vistas! Considered by many the better alternate to get to Machu Picchu. It is also not that heavily regulated with government taxes and fees. Hence, the good price!

The 2-day Inca Trail is the "tourist" route. We are doing the 2-day Inca Trail hike, which is the second half of the classic Inca Trek. It will be shorter and less difficult than the Salkantay Trek. The view is stunning - mostly rainforest canopy and ancient historic sights.

The Train is just as it sounds. No long hike. Travel by rail and with less effort. This is intended for those with either less mobility or those that wish to glamp it a bit.

Peru is an amazing place with many unbelievable surprises. We are sampling a little bit of everything - from the tall peaks of the Andes, to the majestic Inca ruins, to the legendary Palomino Islands near Lima (a sanctuary of sea lions, pelicans penguins and seagulls), to the famous Peruvian food and the pisco sour!!! This is indeed a trip of a lifetime! Come enjoy this beautiful country the way you want - be it with a stunning 5-day hike (Salkantay), "The Classic" (Inca Trail) or the luxury way (The Train)

For the event we will begin together with a few days in Lima and in Cusco but will reach Machu Picchu - the culmination, in different ways!

Again . . . Aug 2022 IS FILLED!!!
Only 2023 is available. Don't miss the boat again. CLICK HERE to find out the info.

OR . . . FILL OUT OUR GOOGLE FORM To receive:

  • 2023 Detailed itinerary
  • Full list of inclusions/exclusions
  • And to ask any questions

You can also see 2022 event details by looking at the 2023 event. Click Here to see what is or is not included

To see photos from the last time we went CLICK HERE.

Have questions?
To Anna Direct Message Anna
To Direct Message Marc (screen name Oddie)

We do a Zoom Q & A (every other) Wed 6:00-7:30 PM
Come to the zoom and ask any questions.
Meet others attending, be social.
Great way to get the info you want without all the other fluff.

We believe in good decent social. We have a set of sister group we post our local free, local/regional camping, and our overseas events too.

Our Machu Picchu 2022 is filled. You can attend Machu Picchu 2023

OR

Click the links below to see some of our other events.

SOT[masked]

Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it!

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-Epic Machu Picchu. via Salkantay Trek, Inca Trail OR Train!! Join the adventure

This group has a Meetup Event going to Machu Picchu. What is unique about our event is attendees get to choose the Classic Short Inca Trail, The Salcantay Trail or via The Train.

This is so we can be more inclusive with different abilities and desires, as well as different mobilities.

AND every spot is filled. Most travel (even as part of a group) takes planning in advance.

AND . . . we are planning to go AGAIN in Aug 2023.

After all . . . A bucket list trip like this will take planning to make happen.

IF you are interested in our Machu Picchu 2023 meetup event CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE 2023 EVENT

You will have the option of

  • Salkantay Trek
  • 2-Day Inca Trail
  • The Train

To see photos from the last time we went CLICK HERE.

The Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests. It is less travelled than the Inca Trail, with breathtaking vistas! Considered by many the better alternate to get to Machu Picchu. It is also not that heavily regulated with government taxes and fees. Hence, the good price!

The 2-day Inca Trail is the "tourist" route. We are doing the 2-day Inca Trail hike, which is the second half of the classic Inca Trek. It will be shorter and less difficult than the Salkantay Trek. The view is stunning - mostly rainforest canopy and ancient historic sights.

The Train is just as it sounds. No long hike. Travel by rail and with less effort. This is intended for those with either less mobility or those that wish to glamp it a bit.

Peru is an amazing place with many unbelievable surprises. We are sampling a little bit of everything - from the tall peaks of the Andes, to the majestic Inca ruins, to the legendary Palomino Islands near Lima (a sanctuary of sea lions, pelicans penguins and seagulls), to the famous Peruvian food and the pisco sour!!! This is indeed a trip of a lifetime! Come enjoy this beautiful country the way you want - be it with a stunning 5-day hike (Salkantay), "The Classic" (Inca Trail) or the luxury way (The Train)

For the event we will begin together with a few days in Lima and in Cusco but will reach Machu Picchu - the culmination, in different ways!

Again . . . Aug 2022 IS FILLED!!!
Only 2023 is available. Don't miss the boat again. CLICK HERE to find out the info.

OR . . . FILL OUT OUR GOOGLE FORM To receive:

  • 2023 Detailed itinerary
  • Full list of inclusions/exclusions
  • And to ask any questions

You can also see 2022 event details by looking at the 2023 event. Click Here to see what is or is not included

To see photos from the last time we went CLICK HERE.

Have questions?
To Anna Direct Message Anna
To Direct Message Marc (screen name Oddie)

We do a Zoom Q & A (every other) Wed 6:00-7:30 PM
Come to the zoom and ask any questions.
Meet others attending, be social.
Great way to get the info you want without all the other fluff.

We believe in good decent social. We have a set of sister group we post our local free, local/regional camping, and our overseas events too.

Our Machu Picchu 2022 is filled. You can attend Machu Picchu 2023

OR

Click the links below to see some of our other events.

SOT[masked]

Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it!

Let's visit to The Bowers Museum. Everest Exhibition & California Plein Aire

The Bowers is located in Santa Ana and is known for it's Plein Aire as well as exhibits of indigenous peoples.
Of special note is the Everest exhibit that will be closing the following week . .

On the group we just traveled to Everest Base Camp in 2022 (not to the summit), and we plan to go back (to Base Camp) in 2023.

If you are interested in Everest then this is not to miss. IF you are just a fan of great art . . . this this is also not to miss.

CLICK HERE for a link to more about the collections

CLICK HERE for a short vid that Chanel 5 did on the Everest opening

CLICK HERE for a really long vid by a curator about the Everest Exhibit

ALSO on the day were are vising there is a special talk from Zahi Hawass presenting on The Golden City: Major Discoveries in the Valley of the Kings and Around the Pyramids. Zahi Hawass is the authority on all things Egypt. This is a an added ticketed talk. If you are interesting in seeing that .. . it is $75 and you can find out more by CLICKING HERE

The Plan.

Our Meeting Point will be at courtyard located at 20th St and Main

9:30AM to 10:00AM . . . arrival window.
10:00 . . . head on in.

In the Plein Aire and the California Art section I will be able to docent lead tour.

This is not a free museum.
Regular Museum Entry is $15
62 and above is $12

IF you are interested in Everest Base Camp 2023 CLICK HERE for the event.
CLICK HERE To see photos from our 2022 journey

CLICK HERE to see all our events

Got Questions about Everest Base Camp/Machu Picchu/Orient Express? ? Let's Zoom

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This Zoom Overseas Event Q & A is a twice monthly event. OR every two weeks. The date gets moved right before the event occurs. This way all the links posted to events keep working.

We have some truly EPIC Overseas events ahead. And Epic Adventure leads to Copious Questions.

To solve that . . . Let's Talk! Join us for a Q & A Zoom where you can ask all your Q's and get all your A's.

SCHEDULE

6:00 to 7:30pm PST is Q & A about or Overseas Events.
Such as Machu Picchu, Everest Base Camp, Spain Running of the Bulls, France - Foodie & Wine, Meetup On The Orient Express, India and Dubai...

7:30 to 9pm PST Is about camping stuff. Newbie Q's. Gear. Food. Camping Tips.
Including Q & A and about specific local trips/events.

Click Here for the The Local Events and Beginner Camping event

To join the zoom FILL OUT THIS GOOGLE FORM and/or RSVP to this event. We will email direct on the day of to remind you.

What to talk about? Most of the convo will be on the following:

People may also have questions on:

Our events are all very safe, civilized, curated, and organized.

Questions about Hotels, Flights, Meals, Museums, Travel during Covid, Plugs, Converters, Money Conversion or whatever!!

All the folks currently signed on to our current events will come and ask all the Q's and get all the deets they want too (they will also get them in writing too). However a lot of folks rather a face and voice compared to an email. It's that whole human interaction thing.

**To join the zoom FILL OUT THIS GOOGLE FORM **We will email direct on the day of to remind you.

We alternate between our "trips" zooms and an Art Soiree Zoom.

Future Dates for Q & A Zoom and our Art Soiree Zooms:

Aug 10 Art Soirée Zoom
Aug 17 Q & A Zoom
Aug 24 Art Soirée Zoom
Aug 31 Q & A Zoom
Sep 7 Art Soirée Zoom
Sep 14 Q & A Zoom
Sep 21 Art Soirée Zoom
Sep 28 Q & A Zoom
Oct 5 Art Soirée Zoom
Oct 12 Q & A Zoom
Oct 19 Art Soirée Zoom
Oct 26 Q & A Zoom
Nov 2 Art Soirée Zoom
Nov 9 Q & A Zoom
Nov 16 Art Soirée Zoom
Nov 23 Q & A Zoom
Nov 30 Art Soirée Zoom
Dec 7 Q & A Zoom
Dec 14 Art Soirée Zoom
Dec 21 Q & A Zoom
Dec 28 Art Soirée Zoom

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